CROCEU:"Le caractère sacré de l'institution de la famille doit être promu pour l'avenir de l'Europe"
The representatives of the Orthodox Churches to the European Union have expressed their opinion regarding the Istanbul Convention on the prevention and combating of violence against women and domestic violence condemning all kinds of domestic violence.
In a statement sent to the Basilica News Agency, CROCEU members expressed “serious concerns about the introduction of a new legal term in the text of the Convention, namely gender and other terms related to it”, pointing to “the lack of unified and unanimous approach to its interpretation among those who are supposed to implement the Convention into the legislation of their countries “.
CROCEU members stressed the fact that “the Convention could be used as the first step towards future attempts to legalize the notions of gender and gender identity in the context, which would contradict the biblical teaching about men and women and relations between them.”
At the end of the statement, they “call upon all those of good will to promote the sanctity of the institution of the family and its importance for safeguarding the future of Europe”.
Statement of the Committee of Representatives of the Orthodox Churches to the European Union on the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).
The Committee of the Representatives of the Orthodox Churches to the European Union (CROCEU) strongly condemns violence against women and domestic violence.
The Orthodox Church sees all men and women equal in their dignity before God and equal in their rights within society. According to the teaching of the Orthodox Church man and woman are to treat each other with respect and honour.
The Orthodox Church honours women in the person of the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, “who is more honourable than the Cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim”.
Being aware of the fact that the protection of women from domestic violence and other forms of violence needs effective legal tools and measures to be dealt with, CROCEU welcomes the intention of the signing parties of the Convention to provide a legally binding document aimed to create a common comprehensive framework in this area.
CROCEU takes into consideration that the Istanbul Convention entered in force on 1 August 2014 and had been signed by almost all member States of the Council of Europe and by the European Union.
CROCEU, however, expresses serious concerns about the introduction into the text of the Convention of a new legal term, namely “gender” and other terms related to it.
Ongoing public discussions about the true meaning of this term confirm the lack of the unified and unanimous approach to its interpretation among those who are supposed to implement the Convention into the legislation of their countries.